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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

TV-G | | Music | 14 December 1956 (USA)
A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.

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Bill Haley's Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Alan Dale ...
Arnie Haines
Alan Freed ...
Alan Freed
The Treniers ...
The Trenirs
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Dave Appell ...
Dave Appell
Applejacks ...
The Applejacks
Patricia Hardy ...
Francine MacLaine
Fay Baker ...
Arlene MacLaine
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Sunny Everett
Gail Ganley ...
Molly Haines, Sister
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Mayor George Bagley
George Cisar ...
Influential Citizen Tom Everett
Dick Elliott ...
Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard ...
Jovada Ballard - Jitterbug Contest Winner
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Storyline

Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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Trivia

According to an article in the September 16, 1957 issue of Billboard Magazine, producer Sam Katzman intended to follow this film with a third film featuring Bill Haley and Alan Freed, with production intended to begin in 1958. It was ultimately not produced. See more »

Goofs

The dialog indicates that Arnie Haines' home town is somewhere in New England when he discusses going home for vacation, but the train that he gets off has the logo of the Sunset Limited on three cars. The Sunset Limited was a luxury train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran along the California Coast. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Haines: He seems to think that running around in my underwear or getting thrown out of my hotel is news. And does that sound like news to you guys?
Member of Applejacks: If you were Kim Novak, it might.
Arnie Hains: Oh, very funny.
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Featured in Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio (2008) See more »

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I Cry More
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Alan Dale
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Good Rock and Roll movie
19 February 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I always liked this film. Not a bad plot, the acting is better than average and there is, of course, some great music. Bill Haley and Little Richard provide some real excitement, plus here's a chance to see the great Treniers and talented pop singer Alan Dale in rare screen appearances. The legendary Alan Freed plays a sometimes over zealous manager and is terrific in the role. Rock and Roll fans should not pass this one by!


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